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GREIN ON GRAMMYS: HANDICAPPING THE NOMINEES IN THE BIG FOUR RACES
The whole enchilada, fresh today. (9/30a)
#VIPLIFE: CW'S WALK OF FAME
The CW: more than just a network. (9/30a)
FLIPOVER FRIDAY: ITUNES AND APPLE MUSIC NEW ARRIVALS
Much has transpired since you went to sleep. (9/30a)
LADY GAGA IN SUPER BOWL LINEUP
When we think of blocking and tackling, we think of Gaga. (9/30a)
WILL SPOTIFY SNAG SOUNDCLOUD?
Stockholm and Berlin appear to be getting closer together. (9/30a)
Q4 KILLERS
Which home-stretch releases will rule? Is it Christmas yet?
GRAMMY SEASON HAS BEGUN
We'll tell you who's in the mix.
PANDORA'S BOX
How much of a game-changer?
YTD SPS CHART
...and other abbreviations.
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GREIN ON GRAMMYS: HANDICAPPING THE NOMINEES IN THE BIG FOUR RACES
The whole enchilada, fresh today. (9/30a)
#VIPLIFE: CW'S WALK OF FAME
The CW: more than just a network. (9/30a)
FLIPOVER FRIDAY: ITUNES AND APPLE MUSIC NEW ARRIVALS
Much has transpired since you went to sleep. (9/30a)
LADY GAGA IN SUPER BOWL LINEUP
When we think of blocking and tackling, we think of Gaga. (9/30a)
WILL SPOTIFY SNAG SOUNDCLOUD?
Stockholm and Berlin appear to be getting closer together. (9/30a)
Q4 KILLERS
Which home-stretch releases will rule? Is it Christmas yet?
GRAMMY SEASON HAS BEGUN
We'll tell you who's in the mix.
PANDORA'S BOX
How much of a game-changer?
YTD SPS CHART
...and other abbreviations.
RUMOR MILL
shawn mendes   illuminate
9/30/16

Illuminate, Shawn Mendes’ follow-up to debut full-length Handwritten, has bowed at #1 on the HITS Sales Plus Streaming Chart, earning 144k for the Island artist. On the Album Sales Chart, it also appeared at #1 with 119k. The chart-topping bow amplifies the Best New Artist Grammy buzz on the 18-year-old troubadour.


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9/30/16

In a week where we struggled with the end of Vin Scully’s fabled careerDonald Trump’s lies and the passing of one of the greatest earworm creators ever, we soldiered on with thoughts about the Grammys,  the industry’s new world order and a kooky hire over at YouTube. Yes, you’re very glad it’s 4:20 somewhere.

 


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9/30/16

HITS’ newest chart has just been updated. The Top 50 Streamed Songs Chart, powered by BuzzAngle Music, which made its debut a week ago, joins the Songs Plus Streaming (SPS) and Album Sales charts, each of which turns over every Friday for the week ending the previous day. How do we turn it around so fast? Simple—it's magic. Click here to access it.


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9/30/16

Sony/ATV supremo Marty Bandier fired up a Cohiba to celebrate the announcement that Sony Corporation's purchase of the Michael Jackson Estate's 50% stake in the pubco was complete. Bandier hailed “an exciting new chapter” and expressed his gratitude to John Branca, John McClain and Karen Langford


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9/30/16

Our own Michelle S. debriefs last night's dazzling L.A. concert by Drake, featuring guests Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Future, Big Sean and more, wild visuals and the star attraction's relentless charisma.


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poleman riccitelli
9/30/16

At the recent iHeartRadio fest in Vegas, RCA's Joe Riccitelli and iHeart's Tom Poleman lay odds on how long it'll take us to make a "Pittman's jet" joke. Well, we didn't, so pay up, fools. Oh, shit... will you take a check? Later, the pair enjoyed a refreshing rum punch served out of Sia's wig.


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9/30/16

The eligibility year for the 59th annual Grammy Awards ends today, 9/30. Let’s see how the key races—Album, Record and Song of the Year and Best New Artist—are shaping up.


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cwsuperman
9/30/16

Welcome to our ongoing series of photographic adventures involving a giant Charlie Walk head. In this latest series, the floating face of the Republic prez (created for his ethos-rocking bday event) goes for a stroll in our neighborhood. On the Walk of Fame today, the local heroes just got a little bit more heroic.


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soundcloud
9/30/16

Spotify is in advanced talks to acquire SoundCloud, as the dominant streaming service seeks to add value ahead of an IPO, while also hoping to increase its lead over rivals Apple Music, Pandora and Amazon...


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Niall-NewMusic
9/30/16

New tracks from Chainsmokers, Niall Horan, DNCE and a Bob Dylan cover from The Lumineers usher in the first Friday of fall on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist.


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BonIver
9/30/16

Here it is, 9/30, the final day of eligibility for the 59th annual Grammy Awards, and what a deluge of new releases. The first dozen titles at the iTunes store are rookies,with Bon Iver and Van Morrison bookending the Top 12.  “This Town” from Neon Haze/Capitol’s Niall Horan is at #1 on the Top Songs list, hitting the apex within 24 hours of its release.


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GagSB
9/30/16

Lady Gaga will suit up for the Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show...


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9/30/16

The first full week of autumn has been an eventful one in the music biz—no debating that. Some of what happened during the seven days leading into Q4 was expected, and some of it was truly bizarre...  


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9/30/16

The Weeknd has released another instant grat track from his forthcoming Starboy set (XO/Republic), due out on 11/25. The new-wavy "False Alarm" follows hot on the heels of the album's title track (featuring Daft Punk), which has blown up at retail, radio and streaming...


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niall
9/29/16

One Direction alumnus and fresh Capitol signing Niall Horan has dropped his first solo single, “This Town,” on all major digital providers. It's already flown to #1 at iTunes...


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Thumbprint
9/29/16

Pandora’s Thumbprint Radio, the radio station that tracks user listening habits and creates custom radio stations, says it now has 20 million listeners nine months after launching. 


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beer walkhead
9/29/16

Who's that behind the giant ceremonial head of Republic prexy Charlie "VIPLife" Walk? Welcome to the first installment of our continuing photo series, which carries the spirit of the exec's now-legendary birthday bash into the work week. We cannot guarantee that posing with C-Dub's outsized punim will cause Guess models to materialize, but stranger things have happened.


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sonny takhar
9/29/16

Rumors are flying around Buckingham Palace that SYCO’s Sonny Takhar may be departing the label. Takhar has played a big role on the SYCO team; his departure, if confirmed, would leave sizable shoes to fill at Simon’s Cowell’s company—a JV with Sony—which has enjoyed an impressive run over the last several years with such acts as One Direction, Olly Murs, Fifth Harmony, Susan Boyle, James Arthur, Ella Henderson and Little Mix, and recently inked 12-year-old America’s Got Talent phenom Grace VanderWaal. Without Takhar, where does the label fit into the Sony U.K. ecosystem, and what are the well-liked exec’s plans going forward?


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LYORJULY4
9/29/16

Who took a stupid pill at YouTube? The company has appointed none other than Lyor Cohen as its Global Head of Music, placing one of the most noxious personalities in the biz in a senior post at the site most often blamed by industryites for the devaluation of music. Rather than healing the yawning rift between rights holders and Google’s video giant, the installation of the biz’s bumbling blowhard has the potential to make things far worse. All of which renders the headline of Claire Atkinson’s story in the Thursday edition of the New York Post—“YouTube signs music legend to put friendly face on operations”—unintentionally hilarious.


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9/29/16

The boards of Viacom and CBS both received a letter from Sumner Redstone’s National Amusements Thursday morning requesting that the two companies explore a potential merger. Speculation about such a scenario has been rampant for months, amid questions about Redstone’s mental capacity, while CBS has concurrently been taking steps to spin off CBS Radio


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.@majorsongs on Adam White's Motown: The Sound of Young America and #BarneyAles: https://t.co/Szp9WEf2sB @motown
Chopper @charliewalk's high-flying bday: To the whirlybird! https://t.co/7gD4VQKXMN #VIPLife @RepublicRecords https://t.co/HOPJVVNu2w
Great talk with the amazing @MissMargoPrice https://t.co/AZFcug42VL by @pinkestlili https://t.co/ZjwI4iD0Fw
Collab lab:@MarenMorris & @busbee dish: https://t.co/9Itv9Zwg0g @TheBigYellowDog @SonyNashville @bmg @redlightmgmt https://t.co/ZLIWHzZAJZ
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